The schools are back in full swing and the summer break seems like a distant memory.
However, Back to School doesn't have to mean pulling your hair out frantically trying to get the kids into a routine.
Here are a few simple tips to make the school days smooth and hassle-free:
1. Get Organised
At the weekend, plan out exactly what you need for the school week and where you're going to get it. Whether you're short on lunchboxes, need to buy a new school jumper or the stationary kit could do with an upgrade, write down exactly what's needed to save any panic-buying in the shopping centre.
2. Routine Is Key
Getting into the swing of a routine is key for the new school term. Find the time of day that works best for you and the kids (this can change day-to-day, depending on your schedule), and make a plan to hit the books.
3. Have A Dedicated Homework Area
Clear off that desk in the spare room or pick a quiet spot in the kitchen which is dedicated to doing homework. Nobody likes homework time, but you could make it more appealing by jazzing it up with new pens and notebooks.
4. Prep The Night Before
There are so many bits that can be done the night before a new school day. You can pack the lunchboxes and the school bags, iron the uniform and even prepare the breakfast the night before. It means a stress-free sleep and things run that bit smoother the following day!
5. Reward All The Hard Work
When homework is finished or a massive project has finally been completed, it's always good to reward the hard work with a little treat. Whether that's a movie night or an extra biscuit with a cup of tea, positive reinforcement is always a good idea.
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